RTP named winner of national STEM mentoring competition

05/27/2014 10:27 AM

02/15/2015 11:23 AM

The Research Triangle Park is one of seven areas in the country that have been named winners of a White House competition to encourage mentoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

RTP was the grand prize winner of the US2020 competition, and will share $1 million in financial, consulting and staff support over the next year as it launches its 6-year program.

RTP put together a coalition of 41 corporate sponsors and educational organizations who will provide mentors and leadership, and help stretch the federal funds being provided for the program.

“We are so proud and delighted to have been chosen to be a grand prize winner in the pursuit of such an important goal,” Bob Geolas, CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, the not-for-profit that applied for the grant and manages the park, said in a statement.

The winners were announced Tuesday at the White House Science Fair. The other winners include Allentown, Penn., Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Wichita, Kan.

The US2020 City Competition challenged cities to develop new models for increasing the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects. Public/private coalitions from 52 cities applied.

“From an exceptional pool of finalists, these winning coalitions demonstrated ambitious visions for the proposed scale and quality of their mentor engagements, as well as the expertise to make their plans feasible, and strong potential for sustainability beyond the life of the US2020 grant,” said Eric Schwarz, executive chairman of US2020 and CEO and co-founder of Citizen Schools, in a statement.

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